Events

We're a friendly group who run a programme of evening talks from September to June, with a Quiz Night in October. Talks are at Bishop's Park Community Centre on the second Tuesday in each month.
We also have a walks programme, including local morning walks, day trips a bit further afield, and usually a weekend of birding once a year.
Everyone is welcome; you don't have to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to come along, although it is a good idea to confirm outdoor walks prior to the event. See below for more details.

September 2019

Tue
10

Evening Talk - Jono Forgham - Bird Reserves of Kent

Location: Bishop's Park Community Centre, Lancaster Way, Bishop's Park, Bishop's Stortford (next to Tesco)
Postcode: CM23 4DA
Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

Our friend and local naturalist Jon Forgham will talk about the Bird Reserves of Kent.

Jonathan will take us on a clockwise tour of the Bird Reserves of Kent. Starting at the expanse of Cliffe Marshes and working around the county via such good birding spots as Sandwich Bay and Dungeness before finishing the journey just outside Kent at Rye Harbour. Most of the reserves are coastal sites but including a trip inland to Stodmarsh, not far from Canterbury.

Jono is always entertaining and informative at the same time!

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 3.00 for Stort Valley Members, £ 5.00 for Visitors

Telephone: 07808684723

E-mail: simon.hurwitz@ntlworld.com

Sun
22

Walk - Rspb Wallasea Island

Location: Meet at Causeway car park, Bishop's Strortford at 9.00 am

Walk along seawalls to see the newly-created saltmarsh, mudflats and lagoons. Take a stroll around the grassland to catch a glimpse of short-eared owls or marsh harriers and watch over the river to see common seals haul themselves out.
To create this magical landscape of marshland, lagoons, ditches and sea, more than three million tonnes of earth was brought by boat from the tunnels and shafts created by the Crossrail scheme in London. This allowed us to raise the land above sea level and place the soil in a way that created a new 115-hectare intertidal area of saltmarsh, islands and mudflats (known as Jubilee Marsh).
In addition, Crossrail helped us create saline lagoons, a creek network and grazing marsh. All of which means Wallasea Island is now a wildlife-rich habitat and a great place to visit.

It is now at an advanced stage of completion with the water being let in and paths created.

Time: 9.00 am

Price: Donations to Local Group welcome

Telephone: 07454 801894

E-mail: l.jaques@yahoo.co.uk

October 2019

Tue
8

Evening Talk - Sue Alderman presents - "The Work of The Hare Preservation Trust"

Location: Bishop's Park Community Centre, Lancaster Way, Bishop's Park, Bishop's Stortford (next to Tesco)
Postcode: CM23 4DA
Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

Sue Alderman from The Hare Preservation Trust presents a Talk about the current and worrying status of The Hare and the work The Trust does.
The hare is one of the UK's most iconic species. An inhabitant of these islands since ancient times it is a creature that has long fascinated and delighted all those lucky enough to see it. Today the hare is under serious threat. Numbers are thought to have declined by 80% since the late 19th century and it has become a mammal now seldom seen in many parts of the country.
Shockingly, although given priority status under the UK Biodiversity Plan the hare is the only game species in England, Wales and most parts of Europe not protected by a closed hunting season. Consequently hares can be shot throughout the year, including during the breeding season, leaving young hares (leverets) to starve in the fields. This is an unacceptable affront to modern animal welfare standards.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 3.00 for Stort Valley Members, £ 5.00 for Visitors

Telephone: 07808684723

E-mail: simon.hurwitz@ntlworld.com

Sat
12

Rspb Stort Valley Quiz

Location: Thorley Hall Community Centre, Friedberg Avenue, Bishop's Stortford

General Knowledge Quiz, Saturday 12th Oct 2019, doors open 7.00 for prompt start at 7.30pm
Tickets £12 each. Includes Fish, Chicken or Vegetarian & Chip Supper
Please bring your own drinks & glasses, knives and forks too.
Bring a team [max 8 people] or come and join a team

To order tickets contact Moyra Overall, 26 Lower Park Crescent, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 3PT

Time: 7.00 pm

Price: see above

Booking essential

Telephone: 01279 659972

E-mail: keithoverall@talktalk.net

Sun
13

Walk - Rspb Rye Meads

Location: Meet at Rye Meads at 10.00 am
Postcode: SG12 8JS (Google map)

Our local reserve and favourite!

This delightful wetland reserve beside the River Lee is a firm favourite with walkers, birdwatchers and photographers thanks to its many trails and hides. Common terns nest on specially-created rafts during the summer, while snipe, green sandpipers, shovelers, gadwalls and tufted ducks take over during the winter months. Artificial sandbanks are a great place to spot the blue flash of a kingfisher.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Donations to Local Group welcome

Telephone: 07454 801894

E-mail: l.jaques@yahoo.co.uk

November 2019

Tue
12

Evening Talk - Dr Andre Farrar presents "The Wild Sea is My Home"

Location: Bishop's Park Community Centre, Lancaster Way, Bishop's Park, Bishop's Stortford (next to Tesco)
Postcode: CM23 4DA
Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

Dr Andre Farrar has worked for the Rspb since 1982 and is seasoned Presenter on many subjects.
Tonight he presents - "The Wild Sea is My Home" A very current topic!

Our nation of islands and our Overseas Territories mean we host a rich world of seabirds and marine life.
From Bempton's gannets to Gough Island's Tristan albatrosses the challenges are the same - keeping
nesting areas safe and ensuring there is abundant food that they can catch without the risk of getting
caught themselves. Add to this the impact of climate change, planning developments at sea and the
increasingly visible tide of plastic waste and it's clear that saving our seabirds will be a measure of how we
treat our planet.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 3.00 for Stort Valley Members, £ 5.00 for Visitors

Telephone: 07808684723

E-mail: simon.hurwitz@ntlworld.com

Sat
16

Walk - Marsh Farm Country Park near South Woodham Ferrers

Location: Meet at Marsh Farm Country Park at 10.00 am
Postcode: CM3 5YT (Google map)

A new one for us.
Surrounded on three sides by the River Crouch, Clementsgreen and Fenn Creeks, Marsh Farm Country Park is a great place for coastal walks and superb river views. Its 300 acres of grazing marsh offers ideal wildlife-spotting opportunities, as well as a chance to explore many scenic riverside paths.

The Country Park is recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of its importance for overwintering dark bellied brent geese. It also provides a home for many species of waders and ducks in the autumn and winter, and a number of birds breed here in the Spring - including sedge warblers, cuckoos and sky larks - making it the perfect spot for year-round birdwatching.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Donations to Local Group welcome

Telephone: 07454 801894

E-mail: l.jaques@yahoo.co.uk

December 2019

Tue
10

Evening Talk - Mike Dilger presents " The Trials and Tribulations of a Wildlife Presenter"

Location: Bishop's Park Community Centre, Lancaster Way, Bishop's Park, Bishop's Stortford (next to Tesco)
Postcode: CM23 4DA
Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

Mike Dilger is an English ecologist, ornithologist, television presenter, and the wildlife reporter on the BBC television programme The One Show.

The Trials and Tribulations of a Natural History Presenter is an informative and entertaining lecture detailing everything you wanted to know about working as a wildlife presenter... but were afraid to ask.


More details to follow

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 3.00 for Stort Valley Members, £ 5.00 for Visitors

Booking essential

Telephone: 07808684723

E-mail: simon.hurwitz@ntlworld.com